Show: Les Misérables
Location: Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Dates: Wednesday January 5-Saturday January 22 2022
Times: 14.30 & 19.30
Running Time: 180 Minutes
Performers: Dean Chisnall, Nic Greenshields & Katie Hall
Production Company: Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
Writers: Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg
Musical Director: Claude-Michel Schönberg
We welcome the announcement of Les Misérables returning to Liverpool‘s Empire Theatre from Wednesday January 5 to Saturday January 22 2022. And tickets are now available for this iconic show. Now, this will be the first theatre show of 2022 at the Empire Theatre. So, let’s take a look at Les Misérables!
This production would inspire a hugely successful movie starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. And this current show has so far toured North America, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway. Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score includes so many legendary songs. So, they include I Dreamed A Dream; On My Own; Stars and Bring Him Home. Oh, and not forgetting Do You Hear The People Sing?; One Day More and Master Of The House. It’s one of the world’s most popular musicals with over 120 million views across 52 countries and in 22 languages.
The writers of Cameron Mackintosh’s production are Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. And their work uses the novel by Victor Hugo as its basis. Additionally, Schönberg provides the music, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Meanwhile, original French text comes from Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. And there’s additional material by James Fenton. Also, the original orchestrations come from John Cameron, along with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. Now, as for the production itself, the directors are Laurence Connor and James Powell. However, for the design, it’s Matt Kinley taking inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo. And rounding things off, there’s costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, projections by Fifty-Nine Productions and music supervision by Stephen Brooker and Graham Hurman.
Dean Chisnall (Jean Valjean) has previous experience of playing this role. So, this includes its run at the Queen’s Theatre, making him the final actor to perform the role in the original production. Furthermore, his other recent theatre credits include Blood Brothers and The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical. Additionally, his credits include Working; Shrek; Love Never Die; La Cage Aux Folles; and Never Forget.
Nic Greenshields (Javert) is a regular for playing her specific role since the tour’s initiation in 2018. Along with appearing in Young Frankenstein, he has other notable theatre credits himself. So, these include The Phantom Of The Opera; Billy Elliot; and Miss Saigon.
Meanwhile, Katie Hall (Fantine) also continues her role from the tour opening in 2018. So, she has experience of playing Cosette in the same production back in 2009. And that includes participating in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at London’s O2 Arena. Furthermore, her other credits include The Phantom Of The Opera; Sweeney Todd; and West Side Story.
Liverpool’s Empire Theatre is a true mainstay of the city, ever since the venue’s initial opening in 1866. But a demolition of the original Empire would lead to the modern Empire opening in 1924. From there, the Empire would become a focal point for the UK’s top touring theatre shows. Indeed, so many iconic productions regularly come to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Furthermore, the list of performers to grace the Empire stage over the years reads like a who’s who. In addition, the Empire’s location is pivotal, with its positioning directly in front of Lime Street Station. The Empire has a total capacity of 2,381, with frequent sell-outs throughout the annual theatre calendar. Simply put, the Empire Theatre is amongst the UK’s top entertainment venues and an ideal backdrop for a classic night of theatre.
The musical open at Glasgow Theatre Royal on November 24 2021 before arriving at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Then , it moves onto Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin; The Mayflower in Southampton; and The Lowry in Salford. After that, the tour enters Milton Keynes Theatre; Theatre Royal Plymouth; Hull New Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome. In August, meanwhile, it hits Birmingham Hippodrome before heading to Norwich Theatre Royal; Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and Sunderland Empire. And the tour finishes off by visiting Leeds Grand Theatre and, as we head into 2023, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Les Misérables Further Links
Les Misérables runs at the Empire Theatre from Tuesday January 5 2022 to Saturday January 22 2022. So, to purchase tickets, please click here.
For more information about this show, click here.
Read our previous review of this show by clicking here.
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